While the Devils squared off against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night at the Prudential Center, it was a more peaceful scene on the concourse as more than 100 Devils fans gathered for a menorah lighting to mark the second night of Hanukkah (ESPN, Dec. 17). To read more of this story, click here
Recap: The Devils fell 2-0 to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night at the Prudential Center
Need to Know: The Devils outshot the Senators 34-16 but were unable to get past Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson as they extended their losing streak to five.
New Jersey struggled to capitalize on the Senators frequenting the penalty box, going 0 for five on the power play.
Ottawa, however, didn’t waste any opportunities as Kyle Turris scored a power-play goal on the Senator’s first shot of the game. Turris also banked the empty netter in the third to solidify the win for the away team.
Despite the loss, the Devils generated some good looks as Eric Gelinas led the team with six shots on goal while Patrik Elias, activated from the injured list earlier Wednesday, followed close behind with five.
What’s Next: The Devils welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Prudential Center on Friday at 7 p.m.
Jaromir Jagr passed Steve Yzerman to take the seventh most career assists in NHL history on Monday night (New Jersey Devils, Dec. 16).
Jagr registered assists 1,064 and 1,065 in the Devils shootout loss to the Islanders, passing Yzerman’s 1,063.
Adam Oates sits just one notch above Jagr in sixth place with 1,079.
Recap: The Devils lost to Islanders on Monday night on Long Island.
Need to Know: The Devils struck at the 12:15 mark of the first period when Marek Zidklicky‘s power play goal made it 1-0 New Jersey. Just three minutes later, Scott Gomez fired a shot that deflected past Jaroslav Halak to up the Devils’ lead to 2-0.
Josh Bailey scored right after an Islanders power play expired with just under two minutes gone by in the second to cut the Devils’ lead to 2-1.
With 10:45 gone by in the third, Matt Martin fired a wrist shot past Keith Kinkaid to tie the game, 2-2.
After a scoreless overtime period that featured quality chances for both teams, the Islanders prevailed in the shootout, with Josh Bailey scoring the deciding goal in the fifth round.
What’s Next: The Devils return home to face the Senators on Wednesday night at 7.
The New Jersey backup will start for the Devils on Monday, when they battle the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, a hockey barn he is quite familiar with. Kinkaid grew up on Long Island in Farmingville — a roughly 40-minute drive from the Coliseum — and has spent his whole life going to Islander games. His dad was even a season ticket holder at one point, though not anymore.
“It’s always been my dream to play on that ice,” Kinkaid said. “It’s a dream come true to play on the ice I grew up watching all the time. It’s going to be a fun atmosphere.”
Monday’s game will be Kinkaid’s fifth appearance this season for the Devils and just his second NHL start. He is 0-1-1 in four games, with a 1.64 goals against average and .943 save percentage. Kinkaid was 7-2-3 in 13 games with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League.
The 25-year old came into Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars and made three saves. To read more of this story, click here
Devils head coach Pete DeBoer hasn’t lost the locker room just yet (Gulitti, Dec. 15).
If GM Lou Lamoriello is considering a coaching change, veteran Jaromir Jagr said that would be a mistake.
“That would be one of the biggest mistakes they could make,” he said. “To be honest with you, without our coaches and the system we play, it would be a lot worse.”
The Devils are 11-15-5 and five points out of a playoff spot.
The New Jersey Devils and Damien Brunner reached an agreement Friday.
The 27-year-old forward cleared unconditional waivers and he and the Devils will terminate his contract (NHL, Dec 12).
Brunner, who had two goals and seven points in 17 games this season, has signed a contract with HC Lugano in Switzerland.